Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of scottg
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with lots of little bubbles rising up the glass. The one finger white head consists of lots of little bubbles also, dissipates quickly with little lacing. Caramelized malt, grapefruit and some floral aromas are present. Up front flavors of lemony/tealike hops lead to some subltle malt that continues to grow in strength until it returns to the lemon/tealike hoppy finish, nicely balanced. Medium carbonation, medium body, it leaves a creamy mouthfeel with a tart ending. Good drinkability, the tart ending balances the sweet malt in the middle begging you to come back for another sip.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of chrishensley
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kelticblood
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a foaming white head.Good amounts white silky lace around my glass.The aroma was of hops with a biscuity smell also.The taste presented a medium to full bodied Ale with a malt thickness.The color had a light amber red hue and was maybe a little orange.Very easy on the mouth and smooth on the way down.The finish was of wheat and grains.Not very bitter with a clean dry aftertaste.A solid Ale I could drink with no problems.

Note:If you can get it on tap do so,because its alot better.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap somewhere in NH.

A: Pours a dark copper/amber color. Half a finger of foam, decent lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. A little bit of hoppiness, but not much overall.

T: Balanced is the first thought I had. There's a bit of a hops kick, followed by a bit of a malt sweetness, but nothing is really overly dominant. Alcohol really isn't noticeable. A good straight-forward ale.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation for the style. Since it's fairly well-balanced, there's no alcohol burn, and the hops aren't strong enough to really be bitter.

D: High. You could throw this one down for days on end. Easily drinkable. A good standard ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mnj21655
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a "Summer Survival Pack" bottled on 3/16/07

Pours a nice reddish-golden brown with a nice fluffy white head that lasts awhile and some good lacing. Has a nice malty and slightly nutty smell with hops in the background. Taste is nicely balanced. Nice nutty, malty and hoppy flavors intermingle. First comes a nice nuttiness which is soon joined by a nice malty profile. This blend of flavors then combines with a delightful hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, nice medium body, moderate carbonation, very clean and smooth. Drinkability is very high. This is a nice smooth, easy-drinking, well-balanced brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of eberkman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was predisposed not to think much of this because I was less than impressed with Long Trail's wit and especially its blackberry wheat. But it was a pleasant surprise.

Nice copper-colored pour with a one-finger cream-colored head that diminishes quickly to surface film, but sticks around and leaves some lacing. The nose is dominated by biscuity yeast and some fruity notes with the slightest trace of hop sting. The taste is very cookielike (something I generally like, but maybe a little too much here) with a little bit of butteriness -- perhaps a touch of diacetyl? A little bit of hops at the end.

A little thin and watery in the mouth -- needs more snap. But it goes down pretty easy, if not all that interesting.

Nonetheless, a good solid session brew that's pretty versatile with food.

Photo of tchenery
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows a very bright reddish, amber color. It is extremely transparent and has a very thin off-white head lacing all the way down.

Smells of roasty marshmallow malts and has that subtle lager hop scent as well.

The beer is very light flavored. This is a total session beer. It has that smooth lager flavor with a bit of ale kick. There's nothing standoutish about this beer.

Exceptionally drinkable. This is one to have around for any occasion and any guests.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of steinlifter
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured caramel color, head diminished quickly, but left broken lace all the way through, smell had a breadlike aroma, with sweet fruity notes, taste is fairly well balanced hops and malt, a bit of nuttiness, smooth finish, pretty nice, mouthfeel was well carbonated and a bit creamy, drinkability is very nice, not a great beer, but a pretty good one, I will try this again. I like this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Pours an amber brown, not too much by way of head. Caramel/ malt flavor, some nuttiness going on. Tastes very much the same way it smells with malt the predominent flavor. Weak mouthfeel, but fairly drinkable.

My first pint of Long Trail and it was pretty much what I had expected. Worth a try or two.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.